History Literature / Holes

13th Jan '16 7:01:26 PM AtticusOmundson
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the scene with Kate where she's dying of dehydration in the desert, Sam appearing to her could just be a hallucination, or it ''could'' be his spirit actually coming to help her cross over. Viewers are free to interpret it as they choose. One strong argument for it to be an actual ghost is when the two treasure seekers approach with the goal of forcing Kate to tell them where she buried her treasure, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instant where Sam sees and reacts to them before Kate even realizes they're present.
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* LoveMakesYouCrazy/LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate]] after [[spoiler:Sam]] is killed. * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the scene with Kate where she's dying of dehydration in the desert, Sam appearing to her could just be a hallucination, or it ''could'' be his spirit actually coming to help her cross over. Viewers are free to interpret it as they choose. One strong argument for it to be an actual ghost is when the two treasure seekers approach with the goal of forcing Kate to tell them where she buried her treasure, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instant where Sam sees and reacts to them before Kate even realizes they're present.present, not to mention that Stanley saw both Sam and Mary Lou during his drive to the camp as they faded away.
11th Jan '16 8:41:57 AM axle-k89
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* TheDogBitesBack: Zero gets fed up of Pendanski continuously insulting him and when Pendanski gives him a shovel, telling him it will all he will ever be good for, Zero snaps and knocks Pendanski out by whacking him across the face with it. ** Stanley and Zero at the end when Zero reveals the treasure chest [[spoiler:is rightfully Stanley's because it has his name on it (his great-grandfather's name, but because the family always name their sons Stanley, their names are identical)]], preventing the Warden from getting her hands on it.
5th Jan '16 4:07:06 PM loracarol
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* Improvised Weapon: Subverted in the film. When it seems Lump and Stanley are about to have a fight, Zero grabs the green 6 ball off the pool table as if to throw it, but when the ensuing fight is broken up by X-Ray, Zero puts the ball back on the table.
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* Improvised Weapon: ImprovisedWeapon: Subverted in the film. When it seems Lump and Stanley are about to have a fight, Zero grabs the green 6 ball off the pool table as if to throw it, but when the ensuing fight is broken up by X-Ray, Zero puts the ball back on the table.
5th Jan '16 5:38:40 AM axle-k89
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* RagsToRiches: [[The Yelnats family and Zero at the end, crossing over with WealthyEverAfter.]]
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* RagsToRiches: [[The [[spoiler:The Yelnats family and Zero at the end, crossing over with WealthyEverAfter.]]
5th Jan '16 5:38:06 AM axle-k89
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* RagsToRiches: [[The Yelnats family and Zero at the end, crossing over with WealthyEverAfter.]]

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* RichesToRags: The Walker family in the backstory after the murder of Sam.

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* WealthyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Downplayed. In the book, Stanley and Zero each receive a little less than a million dollars due to the value of the papers from the treasure chest.]]
5th Jan '16 5:34:27 AM axle-k89
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* BewareTheQuietOnes: As the ImprovisedWeapon and RageBreakingPoint examples show, Pendanski continuously insulting Zero was not the best of ideas.

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* Improvised Weapon: Subverted in the film. When it seems Lump and Stanley are about to have a fight, Zero grabs the green 6 ball off the pool table as if to throw it, but when the ensuing fight is broken up by X-Ray, Zero puts the ball back on the table. ** Played straight later with the shovel Pendanski gives to Zero after insulting him one time too many. Zero [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] and whacks Pendanski across the face with it.

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* RageBreakingPoint: When Pendanski won't stop insulting Zero even after Stanley has revealed that he has been teaching Zero to read, Zero takes the shovel Pendanski gives him and whacks him in the face with it, knocking him out cold.
4th Jan '16 4:35:19 PM Tuckerscreator
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* ChekhovsArmoury: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Single. Thing]] that happens across all three stories, no matter how insignificant, has some bearing on the overarching plot.
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* ChekhovsArmoury: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Single. Thing]] that happens across all three stories, no matter how insignificant, has some bearing on the overarching plot. It's for this reason that the book is extremely popular choices for elementary schools to have students read: it teaches them about attention to detail.

*** It's for this reason that the book is extremely popular choices for elementary schools to have students read: it teaches them about attention to detail.
4th Jan '16 4:34:35 PM Tuckerscreator
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Stanley not having a lawyer. Even if the family was too poor to afford one (the reason given as to why he didn't have one during the trial), he should have had a public defender assigned to him anyway. ** There have been juvenile court judges who have been removed after it was found they took [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kids_for_cash_scandal bribes from owners of abusive juvenile camps]] and were accordingly much more likely to sentence juvenile offenders. This might explain the KangarooCourt trail for Stanley, especially if the family dismissed the public defender for deliberately not doing a good job, and why Zero never even got a hearing.
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: ArtisticLicenseLaw: ** Stanley not having a lawyer. Even if the family was too poor to afford one (the reason given as to why he didn't have one during the trial), he should have had a public defender assigned to him anyway. \n** There [[note]]That said, there have been juvenile court judges who have been removed after it was found they took [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kids_for_cash_scandal bribes from owners of abusive juvenile camps]] and were accordingly much more likely to sentence juvenile offenders. This might explain a case of RealityIsUnrealistic that explains the KangarooCourt trail for Stanley, especially if the family dismissed the public defender for deliberately not doing a good job, and why Zero never even got a hearing.[[/note]]
4th Jan '16 4:32:30 PM Tuckerscreator
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Inverted. Being written by the original author, the film has some minor fixes to cover up plot holes in the book. ** In the book it's never explained how X-Ray tells apart his special shovel from anyone else's, since his eyesight isn't very good and Stanley thinks it's no shorter than any of the others. In the film, it has a orange stripe painted on it unlike all the other shovels. ** In the book Stanley finds his way back to the hole where he found the lipstick tube, but it's not clear how he found it in the dark of night amidst so many other holes. In the film he finds a large rock inside the hole, and puts it by the dirt pile to mark it for later.
19th Dec '15 6:06:33 PM nombretomado
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the book, Stanley is fat; his nickname, Caveman, is derived from his being a big guy. In the movie he's played by a young and skinny {{Shia LaBeouf}}.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the book, Stanley is fat; his nickname, Caveman, is derived from his being a big guy. In the movie he's played by a young and skinny {{Shia Creator/{{Shia LaBeouf}}.

** ShiaLaBeouf, Stanley's actor, also mentioned in an interview that he tried "gobbling down Twinkies" in order to gain the weight, but Sachar himself told him that it was more important that he focus on depicting the character's diffidence.
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** ShiaLaBeouf, Creator/ShiaLaBeouf, Stanley's actor, also mentioned in an interview that he tried "gobbling down Twinkies" in order to gain the weight, but Sachar himself told him that it was more important that he focus on depicting the character's diffidence.

* AndStarring: {{Shia LaBeouf}} gets an "And Introducing" credit. Which is a bit of a cheat: Though this was his first feature film, he was well-known as [[Series/EvenStevens Louis Stevens]] at the time.
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* AndStarring: {{Shia Creator/{{Shia LaBeouf}} gets an "And Introducing" credit. Which is a bit of a cheat: Though this was his first feature film, he was well-known as [[Series/EvenStevens Louis Stevens]] at the time.
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